Zechariah 12:1-9 NIV

1 This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens,1 who lays the foundation of the earth,2 and who forms the spirit of man3 within him, declares:

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2 "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup4 that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling.5 Judah6 will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.

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3 On that day, when all the nations7 of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock8 for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure9 themselves.

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4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the LORD. "I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations.10

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5 Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, 'The people of Jerusalem are strong,11 because the LORD Almighty is their God.'

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6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot12 in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume13 right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact14 in her place.

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7 "The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah.15

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8 On that day the LORD will shield16 those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest17 among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God,18 like the Angel of the LORD going before19 them.

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9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations20 that attack Jerusalem.21

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